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Kathy Hutchins stands in front of one of the largest of the many quilts she has crafted, on display at the Adirondack Quilt Show staged by North Country Crafters at Byron Park. (Photo/Pete Klein)

Smokey Bear hugs two admirers, Alexis Jackson, left, and Emily Deshaw. (Photo/Pete Klein)

Bruce the Moose didn't have much luck spinning the Wheel of Fortune, but was loved by the many who made his acquaintance. (Photo/Pete Klein)

Joe Hackett gave fly-fishing casting demonstrations and instruction on the front lawn of Indian Lake Central School. (Photo/Pete Klein)

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Moose festival brings people to Indian Lake

Monday, September 30, 2013 - Updated: 10:30 AM

By PETE KLEIN

Staff Reporter

INDIAN LAKE - The Great Adirondack Moose Festival certainly brought people to town. The streets were so congested with traffic and people that one person called the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office to complain.

Mother Nature smiled on the event with perfect early autumn weather and near peak fall foliage during the many moose-themed programs held the weekend of Sept. 28 and 29. Visitors and residents enjoyed programs, games, contests, exhibitions, guided tours, shopping and more.

Forest Ranger Bruce Lomnitzer says the half-ton moose is making a comeback in the Adirondacks, but spotting one can be difficult because they tend to be elusive -- except for the bull that shows up at Helldiver Pond in the Moose River Plains most mornings.

The Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and a host of regional and local businesses sponsor the GAMF.

This year's lineup included the very popular Moose Calling Contest, fun family activities at the Byron Park pavilion, fall foliage whitewater rafting through the Hudson River Gorge, a guided hike up Sawyer Mountain, self-guided drives though the Moose River Plains, an old-fashioned turkey shoot, an Adirondack Quilt Show and sidewalk sales up and down Main Street.

There was much more, including a visit by Bruce the Moose and Smokey Bear at the pavilion, to the delight of the children.

One-of-a-kind Adirondack crafts, jewelry, fudge and more as well as local businesses, community organizations and state agencies set up under tents on the front lawn of Indian Lake Central School. (Photo/Pete Klein)

     

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